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The Student Perspectives blog is a fresh and realistic snapshot of the life of veterinary medical and biomedical science students.
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Looking Back and Pushing Forward

Looking Back and Pushing Forward It amazes me how two years can go by. It also amazes me that two years is all that is left of my undergraduate career. These past years at Texas A&M University have helped me achieve my goal of preparing for professional school though studying and rigorous science courses. Rewind to freshman year, the fall of 2014. I started as a biomedical science major, and today I am proud to say that I have stuck with it and have added of an anthropology minor. I definitely found myself in college and have been working on figuring out life. I am a first-generation student and am attending Texas A&M. I am a very positive person and even if my stress level is at its max. I choose to laugh and bring light to my life by keeping positive. I believe every person contributes to the people they meet in life. Knowing that I can change the world motivates me. I am a type of person who is happy to get to know strangers. I push myself because I know what I d... (Read More)

Getting Ready for the First Exam in Veterinary School

Getting Ready for the First Exam in Veterinary School I will be a veterinarian in 45 months. As much as I am excited about this statement, I am also anxious to know where my 45-month journey lead me. I have just finished my third week of my veterinary school life. I am proud to say that I am surviving and still going for my dream career. The first year class schedule at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine starts at 8 a.m. and finishes almost at 5 p.m. The first semester classes include: Gross Anatomy I, Physiology I, Microscopic Anatomy I (Histology), Immunology, Veterinary Behavioral Medicine, and Clinical Correlates. It was no surprise that the first exam in veterinary school is Gross Anatomy I, and it takes place in the third week. So, three weeks into my 45-month journey does not give me much time to adapt myself to the professional student life and to cope with the fear of the anatomy exam. Here, I would like to share my experience getting ready for the first exam (and many more)... (Read More)

We Found a Cat!

We Found a Cat! So, recently my sister heard a loud, persistent meowing and assumed it was one of the two cats in my house. It turned out it was neither of our cats, but instead another cat was singing outside her window. The skinny little black-and-white cat obviously wanted something, so I decided to give him a little bit of our cat’s food to sate him and see if I could figure out if it had a owner. The cat was very sweet and didn’t really seem like a feral stray. I would later figure out that the cat is indeed a boy (not neutered) and that my neighbors have been feeding him in the past. I decided to call him “Cow,” because of his black-and-white color, and I didn’t want to call him “The Cat” or “Oreo.” Though the neighbor was calling him “Smitten,” I like “Cow” better. Currently, we’re look for his owner in hopes that he has one. We can’t take in any more animals in my house. So for now, Cow is my outdoor cat. The neighbors are planning on... (Read More)

Springtime Means Puppy Time

Springtime Means Puppy Time Can you believe it’s already mid-April? I feel like I took a nap in January and just woke up in April. The spring semester always goes by SO quickly. The last exams in most classes are happening right now so students everywhere are stressing and drinking way more coffee than normal. Right now is not a time to get a new puppy, but of course that is exactly what I did. My mother recently rescued a Yorkshire terrier mix that we share. I get her for about a week every two weeks. The puppy’s name is Sushi, and she’s the cutest thing that I have ever seen in my life. She’s an energetic ball of wily hair that weighs three pounds, so of course she’s spoiled rotten. When we first adopted her, I was set that she would never get on the couch or sleep in the bed or own a ton of toys. She quickly found a loophole to getting on the couch by climbing up legs, she sleeps right next to me on my bed, and she now is the proud owner of nine toys. She wins the he... (Read More)

CVM Open House

CVM Open House Open House at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences was last weekend. Admittedly, everyone who helped out with the event, myself included, is pretty tired today. But, it was a great day that displayed all that veterinary medicine has to offer. Visitors were able to tour the facilities; perform “Teddy Bear Surgery;” meet some dogs, reptiles, and maybe even a unicorn; and watch demonstrations by a few animal groups that were kind enough to come. It was a great day that helped reveal the diversity present in the field of veterinary medicine. As a veterinary student, it’s very easy to get lost in the flood of information we are presented with every day. While we all know vet school is worth the hard work, and we would not be here if this wasn’t our passion, sometimes we can lose sight of the excitement and wonder that brought us here. An event like Open House is wonderful not just for the public, who is able to catch a glimpse... (Read More)

Final Days as a 3VM

Final Days as a 3VM One month stands between my classmates and I and the first day of our fourth and final year at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). It almost feels surreal; however I know this is a day we have been anxiously awaiting since we found out we had been accepted into the program. It is a dream come true to finally be facing this day and everything that comes along with it. We will now be treated as doctors and—even scarier—be expected to act like one! As third year is coming to an end, I can't help but feel somewhat scared. It's always nerve racking making a big change, and this is no exception. While the first three years have been filled with countless hours of lectures and studying, they have also given me the chance to make some of my best friends. I will truly miss our time together as we now go our separate ways and on our own paths. It also saddens me to be leaving my position as an ambassador for t... (Read More)

Employment in Vet School

Employment in Vet School There is no doubt that veterinary school is expensive. Tuition for a Texas resident at our vet school is over $10,000 per semester. Luckily, there are many scholarships and loans available to vet students to help offset the cost of our education. Another avenue to help earn money for vet school is having a part-time or summer job. These jobs often help equip vet students with clinical, communication, and leadership skills, while offering some extra cash. One job opportunity is to work as a VetMed Student Ambassador. As part of my job, I get to talk about veterinary medicine to people of all different ages and backgrounds who visit our College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Giving tours to visitors also familiarizes me with our teaching hospitals where fourth-year vet students spend most of their time. Applications for being a VetMed Ambassador for 2016-2017 are currently available for biomedical sciences undergraduates and ve... (Read More)

Barn Hunt

Barn Hunt Barn Hunt is the new and quickly growing dog sport that is gaining popularity across America. I’ve been competing in Barn Hunt with Harley over the past four months. In this timed event, dogs locate rats (safely enclosed in aerated tubes) hidden in a straw/hay bale maze. Barn Hunt is committed to creating a safe and fun sport for dogs, that also holds rat care at the highest level of consideration. This sport is based on the traditional roles of many dog breeds in riding farms, barns, crop storage areas, etc. Barn Hunt allows breeders to test proper working traits in their dogs in a real-life setting. Barn Hunt is for anyone interested in a new way to interact with their dog that provides their dog with a new challenge. All breeds and ages of dogs (including tripod and deaf dogs) can do this sport—as can all ages of people. If your dog can fit through an 18 inch wide by bale-height-tall tunnel then they are good... (Read More)

A Research Opportunity

A Research Opportunity As usual, this semester has been busy, busy, busy. We second years have had four weeks of Monday and Friday exams and have just returned to College Station after our spring break vacation. I went home to Austin for several days during the break to visit friends and family. Upon returning to vet school, my mind cannot help but wander to this summer and everything it has in store. In the midst of our exams, I found out that I had been accepted into the Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program (VMSRTP) here at Texas A&M. The VMSRTP allows veterinary students to conduct full-time research under the direction of a faculty mentor of their choosing. During their time in the program, students will not only conduct research, but also go on field trips, attend lunch seminars, and present their findings at a research conference. This 13-week long program provides first and second year veterinary students with little to no prior research ... (Read More)

Spring Break Fever

Spring Break Fever You probably understand what its like to wait for a break from school. I just keep looking forward to that final class at the end of the week before spring break. I keep telling myself I won’t bring anything home to do for school; although I know that isn’t true. Waiting isn’t the worst part though. The worst part is the week leading up to the break, when my mind wants to take a mental break, but my classes have definitely not taken a break. I still have homework, quizzes, and tests this week—plus none of my classes have gotten cancelled. Now, all of these things are normal, but in my mind—and the minds of other students—I have come close to already taking my mental break. I haven’t yet, but after everything is done, there is nothing holding me back. A piece of advice for when you are in college…don’t do this. Just don’t. If you are constantly looking forward to the break it is so hard to prepare for what you have the week before a break. I ... (Read More)